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Social Inclusion blazes three-eighths at Gulfstream

  • Social Inclusion (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Although a run for Social Inclusion in the May 3 Kentucky Derby is still a possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown on May 17 at Pimlico, as their goal.

The son of Pioneerof the Nile breezed three furlongs in a swift :34 2/5 before galloping out four furlongs in :45 3/5 Thursday morning over Gulfstream Park's fast main track.

Following the "great" work, Ron Sanchez of owner Rontos Racing Stable Corp. expressed doubt that Social Inclusion, currently ranked 24th on the points list that decides the 20-horse Derby field, would draw into the first leg of the Triple Crown.

"At this moment, I don't think we'll ship to Kentucky. It doesn't make sense to pay a $25,000 entry fee, plus all the other expenses, when you're 24th and also-eligible," Sanchez said. "He's going to train here and then we hope to get a prep for the Preakness. We'll make a final decision on Monday."

The Manny Azpurua-trained Social Inclusion is scheduled to breeze again at Gulfstream on Monday morning.

The Kentucky-bred colt created a buzz at Gulfstream on February 22 when he debuted with a 7 1/2-length romp in a six-furlong maiden race in 1:09 1/5. He came right back to break Gulfstream's track record for 1 1/16 miles on March 12, scoring by 10 lengths in 1:40.97.

In Social Inclusion's third lifetime start, he set the pace into midstretch in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5 before faltering to third, nosed out of second-place and an automatic berth in the Kentucky Derby.

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